Shadow minister: tax increases not enough to solve care funding crisis
Increased taxes alone may not be enough to bridge the social care spending gap, a shadow minister has warned.
Pressure piled on children's secretary over funding
Councils have increased pressure on children and families secretary Nadhim Zahawi to secure more funding from the Government’s spending review.
Social care projects to explore biometrics and exoskeletons
Projects exploring how exoskeletons and biometrics could be used in social care have been announced.
'Long way to go on integration' - audit
There is still a ‘long way to go’ to achieve integrated health and social care in Scotland, an audit report has found.
Seeing glimpses of the future through the smoke
No matter how good the social care Green Paper proves to be, it won't solve all the sector's challenges - and solutions must be rooted in local communities, says chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Paul Burstow.
The quest for a fairer future
In the run-up to this year’s County Councils’ Network annual conference Simon Edwards looks at the immense challenges facing counties and the campaign for fair funding.
Healing health is a local government issue
Prevention is better than cure, as health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has trumpeted all over the news this week, but his efforts were rewarded by 'a series of accusations over everything', writes Heather Jameson
Documents to detail prevention vision
Council chiefs are keenly awaiting the publication of two key documents for clues as to how the Government’s new focus on prevention will impact them.
Regulator warning amid care provider concerns
More than 80 councils have been warned that they may have to pick up the pieces if Allied Healthcare goes bust.
NHS pay rise will 'undermine' integration
Efforts to integrate health and care services will be undermined if some staff are awarded a pay rise while others miss out, the Government has been warned.
Balanced Budget as we live in hope for jam tomorrow
It may have been billed as the Budget to end austerity, but the chancellor’s speech was not exactly jam today, says Heather Jameson. More like a thin spread of cheap margarine for now, with the hope of a good strawberry crop in the spring
It's most definitely 'austerity continues' for local government
Ben Page's hot take on this Budget is that it is most definitely 'austerity continues' for local government, but nationally it may be enough to at least stop public dissatisfaction with central government from getting any worse
Budget 2018: £800m cash injection for social care
Social care has been given an £800m boost in the Budget after chancellor Philip Hammond said he recognised the ‘immediate pressures’ local authorities were facing.
Whitehall must develop 10-year social care plan - MPs
The Government must detail a costed 10-year plan to help shore up the struggling social care system, MPs have said.
SOLACE Summit: Dawes rejects NHS cash grab idea
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) top civil servant has encouraged council chief executives to be bold in their asks from Whitehall.
Dilnot in hypothecated tax warning
The solution to the social care funding crisis should emerge from general taxation and means-testing reforms instead of hypothecated taxes, Sir Andrew Dilnot has warned.
Burnham plans 'as bold as NHS creation'
Greater Manchester’s mayor has heralded a series of health reforms that he claims will be ‘equally as bold as the creation of the NHS’.
Now that the annual party conference season is over, Claire Kober says it's time to reflect on what policy commitments have been made. She argues the 'overwhelming emphasis on Brexit seems to have left public policy on the backbenches'.
North Yorkshire warns of social care's 'existential crisis'
North Yorkshire CC has backed calls for a social care premium to resolve the ‘existential crisis’ facing the sector.
CQC adult care chief leaves to head nursing watchdog
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care will leave in the New Year.